Ford Broncos have been the subject of much debate recently, but not for the reasons you might expect. While the vehicle has its share of loyal fans, a wave of skepticism has emerged, questioning the safety and reliability of this popular SUV.
This skepticism has been fueled by animated crash test videos and even an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
But how much of this is based on fact, and how much is mere speculation?
The Origin of the Debate
The skepticism surrounding the Ford Bronco’s safety originated from animated crash test videos. These videos claim that:
“Ford Broncos do the most poorly in safety out of most tested vehicles.”
However, it’s important to note that these videos are animated and lack scientific backing. Despite this, they have influenced public opinion to the extent that some people have sworn off buying a Ford Bronco.
Questionable Crash Test Videos
The animated crash test videos depict various scenarios, ranging from a Ford Bronco hitting a school bus at 30-55 miles per hour to being smashed by a cement truck.
In each version, the Ford Bronco is shown to sustain serious damage. However, the legitimacy of these videos could be better.
There isn’t research behind the crash test videos showing Ford Broncos in compromising situations.
Adding fuel to the fire, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has investigated the Ford Bronco, specifically the 2021 model, following complaints about catastrophic engine failures.
The investigation covers 25,538 Broncos equipped with Ford’s 2.7-liter, twin-turbo, V6 gas engine. NHTSA has received 32 complaints so far, pointing to a potential issue with a faulty valve that could lead to a loss of power.
Ford has acknowledged the issue and stated that affected customers would be covered under the vehicle’s 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The investigation could potentially lead to a recall, depending on the findings.
Ford Bronco Owners Report Trail Turn Assist Issues
Ford Bronco owners have raised concerns on Reddit about the vehicle’s Trail Turn Assist feature causing differential failures. Some users argue that aftermarket parts could be to blame, while others point out that even stock Broncos have experienced the issue.
Dealers have defaulted to blaming aftermarket parts for the failures, but Ford is investigating the matter.
The discussion also delves into the technical aspects, such as the stress oversized wheels and tires can put on the vehicle’s steering, braking, and suspension components. One user noted that the Trail Turn Assist feature, which breaks the back inside wheel in place and drags it while the outside rear rotates, could be the root cause of the issue.
The animated crash test videos and the NHTSA investigation have skewed the Ford Bronco’s safety perception.
Comments on these videos include statements like, “At this point, how are Ford Broncos even still being made? Every video, they’re the worst!” Such opinions, however, are not universally accepted.
Another one added,
“‘moral of the story NEVER buy a bronco’”
Some still defend the car, arguing that these crash test simulations have no confirmed expert backing them.
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